Over our three fabulous central belt NNRs (Flanders Moss, Blawhorn Moss and Loch Lomond NNR) wild mammals can sometimes be seen although for the majority of the time all you will see are their tracks and trails which can be just as exciting to follow.
Before the swarm of visitors arrived at Flanders Moss on Saturday to ask me questions about the moss, I had some time to myself testing out the scope and binoculars. West of the tower not far away there were two red and bushy well-nourished foxes. I couldn’t help but wonder what must be in their bellies as there were two it was quite possible that there was a den in the area and some cubs are relying on them for survival.
The boardwalk also held some signs of their presence too but I will spare you that picture and instead, simply direct you to Dave’s previously shared ‘Blawhorn Moss a blog post about Bridge of poo and tall frogs’. Brown hares are another mammal that can be seen when you enter Flanders Moss and not that long ago Dave shared A good hare day
Out at Loch Lomond NNR there are many signs of otters, mink, deer tracks and there is a lot of work trying to identify if water voles are within the area . Our reserves can offer a lot for any family who wants to get outside and be kept busy for many hours.
So whilst summer holidays are fast approaching for the schools and many parents will be racking their brains, thinking of things to keep the children busy over the holidays, why not download this free app the Mammal Society has created, which will allow you to record what you have seen.
Why are the Mammal Society seeking information on what is out there? Well, most wild mammals, including rabbits and iconic species like hedgehogs and mountain hares, are very poorly monitored. This makes it difficult to know which regions or habitats are most important, or to detect changes in their population sizes. The Mammal Mapper is designed to record information on the location and number of animals spotted on walks or bicycle rides – and it gives us all the opportunity to take part, identify animals and contribute.
Users of the Mammal Mapper can record sightings of any mammal, including field signs such as burrows and mole-hills as well as live animals. The app includes detailed guides to help identify animals by their appearance and is very easy to use.
The Mammal Mapper app is free to download and available on android and iOS and in app stores now. Simply click on the link below to download.